As the name suggests, Lame Delisle Boucard combines three wine making families who came together during the middle decades the 20th Century. The estate began in 1869 and now covers a combined area of 28 hectares in the Ingrande commune east of Bourgueil itself.
From the sublime 2011 vintage, the grapes for the Domaine des Chesnaies Cuvee Prestige were picked on the 28th and 29th of September. The hot and dry year led to low yields producing a concentrated wine. 100% Cabernet Franc, the fermentation was in wooden vats throughout, with a further 24 months in oak.
A classic example of Loire Cabernet Franc, the nose is brimming with raspberry and blackcurrant fruits, black peppercorns and typical notes of graphite and green pepper. On the palate, surprisingly deep and long flavours of blackberry and cassis with a trace of tobacco and aniseed. An attractive hint of ‘greeness’ as though biting the blackberry seeds leads the soft, intergrated tannins. A finely balanced wine, already showing much of its class, but with at least another 10 years of unfolding magic to come. A shining example of the red wines that the Loire can produce and a great price for a wine that already benefits from some bottle age.
SC Rating - Outstanding++ (Blair)